Hand loomed leather & silk
- story by MaterialDistrict
The designer of this collection refined his leather and silk weaving technique in his family’s silk mill in Vientiane, Laos. To make the fabric, the leather is finely cut into cut micro strips in the US, like it is thread, before it is shipped to Laos, where it is spooled. The leather is then woven onto silk looms by hand, a process which can take days, depending on the complexity of the patterns. The silk is naturally dyed, using organic Laotian pigments.